• Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 8/28/2014

    What a great week we have had and the weather has remained amazing.  I am so excited by all the hard work going on all across the district this week in preparation for the start of the school year.  The entire South Kitsap family has been hard at work on all fronts.  Our Facilities staff has been amazing over the course of the summer as all school sites and departments have been spruced up and significant projects completed on time and within budget.  Thank you to our generous community for the local levy funds that have enabled us to spruce up our schools in preparation for another great year of learning.  It matters. 

     

    We are so blessed to have many community partnerships with our district.  One such partnership, with the Navy, was out in force sprucing up the campus at South Colby.  A great deal of work was done and the campus looks great for the start of school as we look forward to welcoming the young Bobcats back to school next week.

     

    Our transportation bus driver in-service started the week off on Monday with a full day of professional development and training to prepare for the start of the school year.  They met at the high school and focused on safety and security topics.  The Food and Nutrition Services staff met at Marcus Whitman today as they reviewed effective practices and prepared for the coming school year. 

     

    On Wednesday, we welcomed all district certificated staff to a day of learning at the high school.  It was a day filled with learning; approximately 700 certificated staff participated in Learning Improvement Day activities.  Patty Maxwell from the Center of Educational Leadership presented to all staff about the 5D+ Instructional Framework. There were 20 content/grade level specific sessions being held at the high school in the afternoon.  We also had trainers from different publishers on site.  District curriculum coordinators, department chairs, principals, and directors led articulation sessions for  the visual and performing arts, world language, science, social studies, PE and health, mathematics, and career and technical education.  Special Education staff received training on their new IEP online program, Hidden Creek participated in their International Baccalaureate training and Olalla received Project Lead the Way training.  It takes teamwork and planning to coordinate such a day.  Many thanks to the hard work of Shannon Thompson, Eurydice Pentz, Kelly Wilcox, and Christie Christman for their efforts to ensure the day went smoothly.  I loved the energy and enthusiasm staff brought to the meeting and the work on the transition to the CEL instructional framework.  Of special interest in this training was the cycle of inquiry that is a practice in this work.  more to come on this topic…

     

    Following my welcome remarks, our message to Secretary Arne Duncan is one that we hope will resonate across the country.  Please note the link to YouTube Respect Video. As our nation wrestles with many challenging topics, I encourage us to remember that every profession, including those serving in Congress and state legislatures, owe a deep debt of gratitude to the teachers who prepared them well for their current roles.  All across this proud nation, teachers, school support staff, and principals work hard every day to provide hope, inspiration and real tools for the countless children who will shape our future.  These hardworking and committed educators deserve our respect. 

     

    As the year begins, one of my obligations is to annually share with the staff the provisions of Executive Limitation (EL) 4 as it relates to the work of the district, the School Board expectations for my performance, and our work together.  Essentially, this EL addresses “ that with respect to interactions with paid and volunteer staff, the Superintendent shall not cause or allow conditions, procedures, actions, or decisions which are unlawful, unethical, unsafe, disrespectful, unnecessarily disruptive, or in violation of Board policy.”  I know you will review EL 4 at your schools and departments in the coming weeks and want to highlight its importance in our work together.

     

    Like each of you, I am looking forward to our new school year and all the adventures we have yet to experience.  Our journey together continues…

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 8/21/2014

    What a great week we are having.  On Saturday, the Tenth Annual Back to School Celebration was a grand success with many children receiving much needed school supplies.  The final count of attendees for the event was approximately five thousand.  I want to share a heartfelt thank you to all those volunteers, including staff, students, and community, including our very own SKHS marching band, that put in countless hours preparing for this important event.  This event is the realization of a dream ten years ago to make a difference as we committed to our Whole Child focus.  I also want to thank all those who donated money, supplies, talent, and time to make this event the success it has become.  It matters.  When we work together for the greater good, all things are possible.  I also learned to watch out for the pirates!!

     

    New Teacher Orientation was held this past week with the Human Resources Department providing leadership for the welcome of certificated teachers to our district family.   This was a great day as we welcomed close to fifty new teachers to the district.  Nuts and Bolts was held earlier today with all District Leadership Team members attending as well as office coordinators from all schools and departments.  This three and a half hour session focused on department updates and strategic district initiatives. 

     

    On a note that affects all of us in the district, the District Insurance Committee has been busy this summer.  They have been researching and reviewing an exhaustive array of health insurance plans.  We are so blessed to have such a diligent group of staff doing this difficult and necessary work on our behalf.  The presentation on this topic shared at both the Board meeting and the Nuts and Bolts session is informative and describes the change in health insurance.  The accompanying handouts describe in more detail the shift we will be making in our insurance coverage.  There will be more information to come on this topic.  We are so grateful for the committee work on our behalf. 

     

    The Spanish Immersion class is almost full with very few seats left so anyone out there still thinking of becoming part of this unique learning community should likely complete an application as soon as possible for placement consideration in the fall class.  This program has so many advantages for early language acquisition, especially for the very young.  I am so thrilled that the staff at Burley Glenwood are taking on this program as have twenty eight other school districts in our state.  It is so inspiring to see families and staff so excited about this instructional program implementation.  The following link from the Spanish Immersion Program by Minnetonka Public Schools http://vimeo.com/14073214 provides an informative look into what an immersion program entails and how one district in the country has captured the experience. 

     

    Our summer lunch program was another successful endeavor as we served 12,427 meals. This program fills such an important need in our community over the summer months.  Thank you to all those staff and volunteers who make this summer lunch program such a success for so many.  

     

    A new initiative beginning this coming year will be a partnership with the YMCA to provide before school childcare on site at two of our elementary schools.  You will recall that we surveyed parents at all elementary schools this past spring to gain an understanding of interest in having this support at our schools.  Parents at Burley Glenwood and Sunnyslope had the most interest in such an arrangement.  To that end, these two schools will begin the program this year.  

     

    Please enjoy the rest of the week as we prepare for the excitement of the start of school and the beginning of fall athletics and activities just around the corner. 

     

    Warmest regards,
     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

     
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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid, Ed.D. at 8/14/2014

    I trust this note finds you enjoying a great summer week.  I thought the thunder and lightning storm earlier in the week was a bit breathtaking.  Work continues to flourish all across the district.  Sunnyslope Elementary School is sporting a fresh coat of paint and the well project at Olalla is being completed.  The roof at Sidney Glen Elementary School is now also complete and looks great.  Thanks so much to our Facilities staff and community for their hard work and support of these projects. 

    District staff and community volunteers continue to work hard to prepare for the Tenth Annual Back to School Celebration.  This is such an important activity for our students, families and community.  It is also a unique effort that highlights the compassion and dedication the staff of the district and schools have for the educational future of all of our children – no exceptions.  This event will take place on Saturday, August 16, beginning at 11:00 am.  Last year, we recorded approximately five thousand people who attended.  Thank you all staff and to our community partners. This is an example of collaboration between the schools and the community.  Many businesses and persons in the community have donated money and supplies to support this necessary endeavor.  Many others will also be donating their time to be present on Saturday for immunizations, haircuts and to share more about community activities.  We so appreciate it.  Thank you. 

    This week, there was more news on the current ESEA situation as it affects us in our state.  While our state requested a waiver on sending the ‘letters’ to families regarding the ESEA metrics, we have been turned down.  State Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn requested that the Department of Education extend reasoned flexibility; but, as the first and so far only state to lose its waiver status, there will be no exception granted on the sending of the letters regarding NCLB requirements.  I believe that we have excellent schools here in the South Kitsap School District, and hardworking staff every day doing whatever it takes to improve the teaching and learning experience for each child – no exceptions.  Like many across this country, I believe there are enough difficult strategic initiatives we are shouldering (many of which have been prescribed by those outside education) that we do not need any further negative energy to mitigate.  In our house, we will continue to nurture growth, inspire achievement and build community. 

    The District International Baccalaureate (IB) Leadership Team met this week to discuss the new program initiative for the district.  Planning was reviewed for the teacher professional development upcoming in August and throughout the year.  The goal of the leadership group, made up of the principal and coordinator from each IB candidate school (Orchard Heights, Hidden Creek, Cedar Heights, and the High School), is to align this important planning and preparation work across the district.  Thank you to those who are working so hard on this collaborative project. 

    The Spanish Immersion class is continuing to fill with very few seats left so anyone out there still thinking of becoming part of this unique learning community should likely complete an application as soon as possible for placement consideration in the fall class.  This program has so many advantages for early language acquisition, especially for the very young.  I am so thrilled that the staff at Burley Glenwood are taking on this program as have twenty eight other school districts in our state.  It is so inspiring to see families and staff so excited about this instructional program implementation.  The following link from the Spanish Immersion Program by Minnetonka Public Schools http://vimeo.com/14073214 provides an informative look into what an immersion program entails and how one district in the country has captured the experience. 

    A reminder that we are making a significant shift in focus for our certificated staff evaluation process for the coming year.  After a great deal of consideration, the South Kitsap Education Association (SKEA), South Kitsap Association of Principals (SKAP),and district administration have made a commitment to move to transition to the CEL+5 Instructional Framework.  It is our shared belief that the CEL+5 Framework will better enable us as a district to move forward with focused instructional practices and professional development.  I am looking forward to this upcoming work together.

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.



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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 8/7/2014

    Wow, what a great learning week!!  The district leadership team has been working diligently all week on improving our instructional leadership skills and preparing to support students, staff and parents in the coming year.  Principals are working with the new instructional framework and watching video class lessons as we come to common calibration of our practice.  This level of commitment from our leadership team underscores the commitment to excellence we have in our district.  Tomorrow is the last day of our week long work and will also include a preliminary meeting on staffing for the start of school classrooms.  Our commitment to reasonable class sizes and a smooth start to the school year is a commitment we take seriously. 

    Amy Miller and Derry Lyons have spent significant time over the past several months updating our district web-site.  Please note the changes and provide any feedback you might have on the design and ease of use:  http://www.skitsap.wednet.edu/site/default.aspx?PageID=1   We are so blessed to have both Amy and Derry and their talent as we have been able to take care of this web-site overhaul without budget ramifications. 

    This week the Board held the official public hearing on the budget for the coming school year.  Tracy Patterson, our new Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, did an excellent job of walking the Board and members of the public who attended the hearing through the thinking and planning involved in the development of the budget.  Her presentation is very clear and meets the executive limitations guidelines set out in policy governance for the district.  Additionally, the Citizens Budget Advisory Team has done an extensive amount of work in the prior year to assist us in stabilizing our financial condition.  Thank you. 

    During the course of the past year, Ed Santos, the district Athletic Director, led a committee to review the athletic transition of the ninth graders to the high school for athletic participation.  His summary report highlights some of the challenges and communicates an outline for plans to improve this aspect of the athletic program.  All of our student athletes are important to us and we recognize the importance of this experience as a component of the whole child.  There are many lessons learned in these activities that support learning in the classroom as well as life lessons that will be remembered long into the future. 

    This past week-end, we had a great turnout for the Stuff the Bus activity at Walmart.  Enough school supplies were collected to support approximately one hundred and fifty students as well as close to two hundred and fifty dollars in cash was collected from generous community members.  Thank you to all the staff and parent volunteers who participated in this event.  A big thank you also to the many many community members who gave so generously to support our children.  Just a reminder that the Back to School Event will be Saturday, August, 16 at the high school track.  We look forward to seeing you there.

    The summer food program continues to be going very well. Our food and nutrition staff have served 10,117 meals thus far. Our partnerships with the Regional Library and the Boy Scouts have added additional access to meals for children.  These community partnerships continue to support our children, all of them – no exceptions. 

    I trust that each of you will enjoy the remainder of the week and the coming week-end.  I know we will also continue to support our Seahawks as they play their first preseason game of the year tonight.  Go Hawks !! 

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

     

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/31/2014

    So, this is a great week and the weather is fantastic. With Seafair coming up over the week-end, there are no shortage of fun activities here in the northwest. 

     

    The work in the district continues to focus on infrastructure and facility needs.  The roofing is going well at all roofing sites and the well work as well as the theatre work in the high school are now complete.  Painting is beginning on the exterior of Sunnyslope Elementary School.  This has been planned for a while and will be a nice welcome for new students and parents as they arrive for the new year.  Again, thanks to the generous community support in our recent levy, we are finally able to complete some of these necessary tasks to support our student learning and safety. 

     

    Also, this Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, the Back to School Celebration is teaming up with Walmart for the first annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ with school supplies!  The hours are Saturday, 9 – 6 and Sunday 10 – 4.  Volunteers are needed for both days of the event.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Eurydice Pentz at (360) 874-7058 or email her at pentz@skitsap.wednet.edu

     

    Ninth grade AP Human Geography teachers were in working on course planning to support students at the junior highs in the coming fall.  This is a new course to the district and a course new to the ninth grade here in South Kitsap.  We are so excited about the new possibilities for our students and so appreciate these dedicated teachers willing to undertake this groundbreaking academic work.  Thank you.

     

    The Spanish Immersion class is filling rapidly with very few seats left so anyone out there still thinking of becoming part of this unique learning community should likely complete an application as soon as possible for consideration in the fall class.  This program has so many advantages for the language acquisition, especially for the very young.  If you are interested in knowing more about the program, please take a moment to view the following video as it is a successful language program that we are modeling our program after: http://vimeo.com/14073214 .   If you have any questions or want more information, please call the district office at (360)874-7000 for more information.

     

    District staff are working hard to prepare for the Tenth Annual Back to School Celebration.  This is such an important activity for our students, families and community.  It is also a unique effort that highlights the compassion and dedication the staff of the district and schools have for the educational future of all of our children – no exceptions.  This event will take place on Saturday, August 16, beginning at 11:00 am.  Last year, we recorded approximately five thousand people who attended.  Thank you all staff and to our community partners. This is an example of collaboration between the schools and the community.  Many businesses and persons in the community have donated money and supplies to support this necessary endeavor.  Many others will also be donating their time to be present on Saturday for immunizations, haircuts and to share more about community activities.  We so appreciate it.  Thank you. 

     

    On Tuesday, August 5, our 2014-2015 budget hearing will take place during the regularly scheduled Board meeting beginning at 6:00 pm here in the district office.  We anticipate proposing a budget for the upcoming year that will continue to stabilize our finances while staying true to our commitment to lower class size and maintain exceptional educational opportunities for all children – no exceptions.  The budget will have its final approval slated for August 19. 

     

    I trust you will have a great week-end and upcoming week. 

     

    Warmest regards,
     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

     
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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/24/2014

    What a great week, though maybe better weather for ducks than us.  I am grateful for the rain as our fields and landscaping need the nourishment.  Hopefully, the rain is also providing much needed respite for the firefighters and residents so hard hit by the recent fires in eastern Washington. 

     

    “As a nation, we are obsessed with data and indicators when it comes to the economy. We track the gross domestic product, the Consumer Price Index, unemployment, inventories, housing starts, interest rates and so on. We monitor these numbers because they are critical to understanding where our economy is heading, and because we want to be able to respond forcefully if the numbers signal developing problems.  We should be equally, if not more, concerned about the data that tell us how our children are doing: The well-being of our country’s children is the most important indicator of our long-term economic and social future.”  Since 1990, KIDS COUNT has ranked states annually on overall child well-being using an index of key indicators.  The attached report summarizes the current data and I think it is critical to review, understand and address as we move forward as a district, state and nation.  “Improving outcomes for all children is essential for our nation to remain strong, stable and globally competitive.”

     

    This week, there was more news on the current ESEA situation as it affects us in our state.  While our state requested a waiver on sending the ‘letters’ to families regarding the ESEA metrics, we have been turned down.  State Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn requested that the Department of Education extend reasoned flexibility; but, as the first and so far only state to lose its waiver status, there will be no exception granted on the sending of the letters regarding NCLB requirements.  I believe that we have excellent schools here in the South Kitsap School District, and hardworking staff every day doing whatever it takes to improve the teaching and learning experience for each child – no exceptions.  Like many across this country, I believe there are enough difficult strategic initiatives we are shouldering (many of which have been prescribed by those outside education) that we do not need any further negative energy to mitigate.  In our house, we will continue to nurture growth, inspire achievement and build community. 

     

    I am so excited that five of our principals spent four days this week at a statewide STEM Leadership Conference to support this important initiative in our schools.  These principals will share their learning with the rest of the administrative team at our Summer Administrative Institute (SAI) slated for the first week of August. 

     

    As we review the resourcefulness of our staff and departments, I continue to be so impressed with our can do attitude and work ethic in this district.  As Ariane Shanley, our Food and Nutrition Services Director, was working on getting some equipment replaced, notably the dishwasher at Olalla Elementary, she ran across the invoice for the machine that is currently in the building. It was purchased used in 1967.  This symbolizes the care and dedicated attention we take in our work.  Our stewardship of the public trust and financial resources is something we take a great deal of pride in here in the South Kitsap School District.  Further, I think we got our money’s worth on this model.

     

    The Facilities Department continued its busy summer schedule this week.  The Sidney Glen roof project is proceeding well and is on schedule for completion.  This has been a complicated project and covers a large amount of square footage.  This project has required a significant amount of coordination from the facilities department and flexibility from Sidney Glen staff as well.  The major part of the well project at Olalla Elementary has been completed.  This will significantly improve accessibility to water for the school and is much appreciated.  There are so many people that all play such an important role in the success of our district mission.  Thank you. 

     

    I toured the summer school program classes this morning and found a significant number of young people actively learning a variety of topics.  Thanks again to the hardworking staff who have made this possible and the parents supporting their students in getting to classes every day during the short summer session. Further, our summer food program is going very well, having served 7672 meals to date this summer.

     

    Please continue to enjoy this summer and find time to be with family and friends. 

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/18/2014

    And so, another great summer week.  Things have continued to be busy in the maintenance and facilities realm with many large projects being worked on across the district.  We are so blessed to have so many hard working maintenance and custodial staff who are working so hard to maintain and prepare our facilities for mountain top student learning experiences in the coming years.  Thank you also to the dedicated staff who are supporting several hundred students in summer school located at South Kitsap High School this summer.  The new skill center career and technical education (CTE) courses this summer have been both exciting and well attended, and are proving to be a great resource for our school district students who have not previously had this opportunity.  Kudos to all the CTE staff that have made this opportunity for our kids possible.

    At the Board meeting this week, we had an opportunity to review the current budget and have our first look at the preliminary budget for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.  As the result of all of your hard work and disciplined budget management, we are in a much more stable financial position today than we were a year ago.  I think we have all learned a great deal about the budget and its components in the past year.  As we continue to build the general fund balance, we will be mindful of the accuracy of our enrollment projections and trust that as the months move forward, our projected enrollment and new student enrollment will be monitored closely.  I invite you to attend our public budget hearing on Tuesday, August 5, just prior to the regularly scheduled Board meeting.  We plan to formally adopt the 2014-15 district budget on August 19, at the regularly scheduled Board meeting for that night.  We welcome your feedback and input on this topic as it affects all of us. 
     
    We are posting the elementary specialist positions today to support the added sections of all-day kindergarten.  Two full time equivalent (FTE) teachers will be hired for this work (one physical education teacher and one music teacher).  Principals and district administrators will be meeting in the very near future to lay out the specifics of the scheduling for these new positions as we keep the commitment made to not cut further into support teacher positions for this purpose.  Currently, the number of kindergartners enrolled is larger than in previous years so we are working to be proactive in responding to classroom support as we want to ensure a smooth start of the coming school year. 
     
    In a continuing effort to examine the costs we are incurring for district wide support, so that we are in a position to best direct our financial resources to the classroom and the educational experience for our children, we are reviewing all our contracts and service agreements.  Where we can, we are moving to options that are less expensive and still provide excellent service.  This is how families operate as finances are strained.  We have to save where we can so that we can do the things we would like to do and that align with the mission and vision of our great district.  To this end, we will be moving to a different insurance carrier for the district; and in the process we will be saving at least $125,000.00 that can be used for other projects.   We will likely also be able to realize other legal expense savings.  The Board presentation made by the insurance pool we will be joining is illustrative of the quality of coverage we will be receiving, even as we are able to save a significant amount of money for the district. 
     
    The Spanish Immersion class is filling rapidly with very few seats left so anyone out there still thinking of becoming part of this unique learning community should likely complete an application as soon as possible for consideration in the fall class.  This program has so many advantages for the language acquisition, especially for the very young.  I am so thrilled that the staff at Burley Glenwood are taking on this program. 
     
    The Board reviewed the policy revisions to the Highly Capable Program as the new state legislation requires changes in our current policy.  This summer a significant number of our library staff and other district staff, are attending the Edufest Conference in Boise, Idaho as we learn more about site based highly capable programming.  Edufest is the Northwest’s premier summer conference on gifted and talented education. Keynotes, Institutes, Strands, and Special Topic presentations are by internationally and nationally recognized experts in the field of gifted and talented education.  Topics focus on the 21st Century Learning, Common Core, Differentiation, STEM and Creativity.  Edufest is a week-long summer conference held on the campus of Boise State University, Boise Idaho.  This will be the 18th year for Edufest.   Edufest is a non-profit education entity.
     
    Finally, I wish each of you a continued time of reflection and renewal as these summer weeks bring new opportunities to learn and grow. 
     
    Warmest regards,
     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 7/4/2014

    What a great week!!  The weather on Tuesday was incredible.  As we look forward to the Fourth of July, I trust all of you will have an opportunity to celebrate our Independence Day. 

    There is certainly a great deal of work going on around the district.  Our Facilities and Maintenance Department is focused on $1.3 million dollars in capital projects.  We have placed thank you signs at all the school sites where this work is going on to thank the voters for their support of our school district.  The levy dollars voted on by the community are what is providing the capital we need to support these projects.  These large projects are the Olalla well, the Olalla roof, the Sidney Glen roof restoration, the Sunnyslope play shed roof, the South Kitsap High School roof restoration, and the Performing Arts Center fire curtain replacement.  We are committed to doing what we said we would do with regard to these levy dollars as we demonstrate that ‘promises made are promises kept.’ Thank you facilities staff for your hard work.

    Our South Kitsap High School Highlighters / Chamber Choir are currently in Europe performing for audiences there and learning about the culture and people of Europe.  This trip was made possible by the hard work of the participating students and parents in raising the money for expenses.  They are so talented and the reaction to them has been really heartwarming.  I have heard from several chaperones and their advisor Mr.Mike Allen.  The group is truly exceptional and the learning experience is surely one that will last a life time.   Experiential learning is so powerful.  We are so proud of these young people. 

    Recently, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) General Advisory Committee (GAC) met with the School Board to address ways in which the district CTE programs could be improved.  They provided a letter and report that the Board reviewed with them at a Study Session.  Following the Board presentation, I was then asked to research the issues and formulate a response that would enable us to collaboratively move forward.  In the interim, I met with various departments and compiled a response and plan to address the concerns.  We are looking forward to the work in the coming year as we improve the CTE experiences for all children – no exceptions. 

    Summer school is extremely busy this year with three times the usual summer school enrollment.  Currently, roughly two hundred and fifty students are taking three hundred and sixty classes on-line.  This on-line school option is very popular with students for a myriad of reasons.  Beginning the 14th of July, one hundred and sixty-nine students will be attending classes in person at the high school with another thirty students working on the graduation requirement courses of biology and geometry. Also, there are over fifty students taking the West Sound Skill Center courses offered at South Kitsap High School during the summer for the first time. Thank you to all of those folks working so hard on summer coursework.  It matters.

    Finally, I wish each of you a joyful and celebratory holiday week-end.  It is an important holiday in the life of our country and marks a spirit that still beats strong in our community. 

    Warmest regards, 

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

     

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 6/27/2014

    Hello Team SKSD,

    I trust this note finds all of you enjoying a great summer week.  The weather has been mixed and the energy a bit more subdued than usual. 

    This has been a busy week of professional development for staff in various departments.  All of the district custodial and maintenance staff attended a professional development training on Tuesday.  We are so blessed to have such a capable crew supporting our teaching and learning by making our facilities and grounds attractive and safe.  I know the community is also grateful for this work as the community makes such prolific use of our facilities for a myriad of activities. 

    This week we had our Parent Informational evening for the new Spanish Immersion Program to be housed at Burley Glenwood Elementary School. There was a great deal of excitement as our new teacher for the program was introduced and had an opportunity to describe the incredible odyssey for the young ones who will be enrolled in this inaugural language program for our district.  We are joining twenty eight other districts across the state in providing this program.  Applications are available on-line and at the district office.  There is a limited enrollment and the first cut for enrollment decisions will be made on July 11.  Applications received after July 11 will be reviewed on a space available only basis.  It was so inspiring to see families and staff so excited about this instructional program implementation.  The following link from the Spanish Immersion Program by Minnetonka Public Schools http://vimeo.com/14073214 provides an informative look into what an immersion program entails and how one district in the country has captured the experience. 

    Isaac Santos, a South Kitsap High School student athlete, applied and is extremely excited to be selected as member of the WIAA LEAP Committee for the next two years. The committee is comprised of sixteen student participants from around the state. He will begin working with the statewide committee in September. LEAP (Leadership through Education, Activities, and Personal Development), is a student leadership group organized by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.  The LEAP Committee is made up of student leaders from WIAA member schools throughout the state.  Student representatives are involved with WIAA events, meetings and community projects, and have the unique opportunity to be the voice of Washington’s nearly 230,000 student-participants.  Each spring, the WIAA invites students who will be entering their JUNIOR year the following fall to apply.  Approximately six students will be selected to join the Committee and participate throughout their junior and senior years.  We are so proud of Isaac and are excited to have our South Kitsap voice added to this important statewide work. 

    We have so many supports in place for our students in the district.  During this past year, nearly 2600 community volunteers have contributed more than 88,000 hours of volunteer work. Our Food and Nutrition Services staff have served a total of 974,074 meals to students in the past year.  Our bus drivers have safely driven students over 1.2 million miles in the past year.  Our teachers and support staff have put in countless hours to support students during the past year and will continue to do so for many years in the future.  Thank you.  No wonder it feels like a bit of a time for a break for all… ;>)

    At our last principal meeting of the year this morning, I reflected on the incredible work that has been accomplished this year by each of you and how important planning is to the work that lies ahead for us as a district family.  This summer is a great time for reflection and planning.  We will begin this coming school year in a well-planned and thoughtful manner.  Our office coordinators and principals are focused on class counts and enrollment updates while the budget systems are being carefully monitored.  This is a team effort and will support students and staff as September approaches for a smooth school opening. 

    Finally, I hope all of you have had the opportunity to watch just a bit of the World Cup.  What an exciting global event and how proud it is to be going on to the next round for the United States team.  While we cannot all be present in Brazil for the on the field action, every time they play our national anthem to begin a game, I feel like we are there in spirit and feel such a sense of pride (several of the US team members are from the Seattle Sounders franchise).  Maybe a future SK Wolf will play in the World Cup in the future. 

    Warmest regards and Go United States!
    Michelle Reid, Ed. D. 
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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 6/19/2014

    I trust that each of you are enjoying a well-earned summer vacation.  As you might guess, things are still hopping a bit in the district and community.

     

    Lisa Lechuga, one of our librarians from the Kitsap Regional Library just sent photos of yesterday's summer reading event at the waterfront park. SKSD provides lunch after each event and fed 260 kids yesterday! The pics are of families in line for lunch and attending the reading activity.  Thanks so much for this partnership and a shout out to Ariane Shanley for making lunch happen for kids at these events.  What a great example of nurturing growth, inspiring achievement and building community.

     

    It is my pleasure to announce my recommendation for Principal at East Port Orchard Elementary, Mr. Paul Hulbert. Paul is currently the Assistant Principal at Union Ridge Elementary School in the Ridgefield School District. Prior to that, Paul worked as an Assistant Principal in the Clover Park School District. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Western Washington University and his Masters of Education degree in Education Administration from University of Puget Sound.

     

    I want to thank all of those involved in the interview process and know that you will join me in welcoming Paul to the South Kitsap School District. Paul is excited to be joining the team at EPO and will begin his position on July 1. While we look forward to the excitement of welcoming new members to our leadership team, we also want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Kristi Smith for her many years of dedicated and exemplary service. Thank you.

     

    Last night, the Board met and among other topics, heard the report from the Community Budget Advisory Team (CBAT).  The CBAT report to the Board of Directors was delivered by committee members and was very succinct.  Their belief statement, “The South Kitsap School District is committed to providing an outstanding education for its children. Providing a sound and stable educational environment requires financial stability and accountability to our community”, is reflective of the beliefs underlying the work undertaken by this intrepid group over the past six months.  As you review this report, it is important to note that these are recommendations to the Board and will be further discussed at the next Board meeting.  We are so grateful for the work of this group in providing reflective commentary, guidance and supporting the financial stability of our district.  More to come on this topic.

     

    I am pleased to announce the startup for the district Spanish Immersion Program at Burley Glenwood Elementary School.  We are having an informational evening for parents on Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.  Applications are being accepted at this time.  “Wherever we are, whatever our line of work, we are affected by nearly everything else that’s happening in the world….Society should be prepared to communicate and do business across international boundaries….Community, business and civic leaders increasingly will build relationships with counterparts in other nations.” Gary Marx SixteenTrends.  The Spanish Immersion program will begin in the fall with a first grade class; a second grade class will be added in the 2015-16 school year and an additional class will be added each year up through the sixth grade. The students will be expected to participate in the program each year. SKSD is committed to looking at ways to provide innovative programs that challenge students and give them the tools they need to be successful. If parents and students commit to the Spanish Immersion program all six years, the students will be bi-lingual and bi-literate and gain an appreciation and understanding of another culture. Research shows that the best time to learn a new language is prior to age twelve. Research also shows that math, music and language skills enhance academic skills. 

     

    Central to the South Kitsap Spanish Immersion Program is the knowledge that we are preparing our students for a vastly different future and world than in the past and even the present. Creative, inquisitive and innovative thinking integrated with collaborative, communicative, compassionate and global minded attributes are the components of successful citizenship in the 21st Century. 

     

    Enjoy the rest of the first week of summer break.  Only ten weeks until we are back to start the new 2014-15 school year…

     

    Warmest regards,

     

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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